Anyone who has read my review of Assassin’s Creed III knows that I was very ambivalent towards it.  While there were some incredibly good things like the naval missions and the multiplayer, there were also some things I didn’t like such as the lack of polish, the fact that many elements came off as unnecessary, and the terrible ending.  After Assassin’s Creed IV was announced, I wasn’t sure what to think.  Assassin’s Creed III was hyped up as being the last game in the series but as far as being a conclusion goes, it really felt like a slap in the face.  However, ACIV could help reduce the damage done by ACIII as long as it improves on the game in many of the areas its predecessor fell short.

I decided to list eight ways how ACIV should improve on the faults of ACIII.  Now I should note that this is not a top eight as these are not being ranked in anyway.  This will just be a list of how the new Assassin’s Creed IV can improve over the sins of the previous game.  Let’s get started, shall we?

1. More polish- One of the major complaints I had with Assassin’s Creed III was that it really felt like the game was rushed due to the game’s development time having to suffer in order to have the development team having to take time to learn the ins and outs of the new engine.  This resulted in severe graphical pop-in and some really unpolished sections late in the game.  Hopefully, now that the game engine in firmly in place, more time will be spent on on polishing the game as much as possible.

2. Make the stealth sections of the game less shitty- Another major complaint I had with the last game was that the stealth sections of the game were incredibly frustrating due to the aforementioned lack of polish. Hopefully, the developers will improve these sections, especially since they are suppose to be a huge part of the gameplay in the series.

3. Make sure the main character is likable- I think I already mentioned that I found the protagonist of the last game, Connor, to be really whiny and annoying.  He stubbornness was fine at first but really started to irritate me quickly.  This is not helped that his father, Haytham, was more likable and interesting as a character.  Hopefully, the new protagonist, who is Connor’s grandfather, will be closer to Haytham than Connor.

4. Take advantage of the pirate motif- When I heard that the main character was going to be a pirate, I was quite interested as I felt that there could be some interesting possibilities with that such as being able to commit acts of piracy and sail your own ship.  Hopefully, the developers are smart enough to put those type of mechanics in the game.

5. Make sure that the optional stuff has an actual benefit- A huge complaint I had, as well as many others, was that a lot of the optional stuff felt like it was there for the sake of having optional stuff.  While these side missions should stay optional, there should be a benefit to doing them.  This will actually encourage players to pursue them instead of ignoring them and just doing the story missions.

6. Better combat- In Assassin’s Creed III, the combat had a bad habit of being either too simplistic or too frustrating.  The combat in Assassin’s Creed IV should be dynamic and fun.  Make sure it is easy to learn but have a hidden depth take makes it interesting throughout the entire game.

7. Make traversing the environments fun- Another complaint I had with ACIII was that due to the game’s American Revolution setting, the environments just weren’t as fun to traverse as they were in previous games.  While traveling through trees was pretty neat in theory, roof hopping just wasn’t as fun.  Hopefully, ACIV will make traversing the game’s world as fun as past games in the series.

8. Make sure the game’s ending is not complete shit- Pretty much everyone agrees that ACIII’s ending was a huge slap in the face.  While it was not the conclusion that it was hyped up as, it still felt like a really disappointing way of ending Desmond’s story.  To be fair to ACIV, the game is not being hyped up as the conclusion to the series so expectations won’t be as high as they were for ACIII.

That was eight ways that Assassin’s Creed IV should improve other Assassin’s Creed III.  While my disappointment with the previous game make me a little more cautious with this new installment in the series, I still look forward to whatever directions ACIV takes the series.

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